My son took these photos of Mountain Bluebirds a few weeks ago at Palo Duro Reservoir, a small manmade lake about an hour north of Lake Meredith. I try to get up there every week or two throughout the year. It a great place for birds with lots of dead cottonwoods sticking up out of the water that Double-crested Cormorants nest in and Bald Eagles and Osprey fish from. It is surrounded by lots of brush and cedars and mesquites and down below the dam there is a small pond with cattails and a fairly dense stand of cottonwoods that Mississippi Kites and Red-headed Woodpeckers nest in during the summer. It’s a good place to see some of the few warblers that come through the panhandle as well.
In other news (remember my new-found passion for brewing beer,) I bottled my first wheat beer today, a Belgian Wit flavored with coriander and orange peel. It looked and smelled good as I bottled it and the final gravity was what I was shooting for. I tasted the sample that I drew for the gravity test and it had a bit of a mediciny taste to it. Perhaps the coriander and orange cause the flavor and it will mellow as the bottles condition.